Saturday, July 20, 2013
Tops in power rankings and jersey sales
By Mike Sando
The Seattle Seahawks ranked first and the San Francisco 49ers were second in ESPN's most recent NFL Power Rankings.
The order is swapped in the most recent report on NFL jersey sales.
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has the NFL's best-selling jersey over the past three months. Seahawks counterpart Russell Wilson, a runner-up to Kaepernick for an ESPY Award the other night, ranks second.
Better yet for their teams, both quarterbacks have played well enough to warrant the interest. They ranked first (Wilson at 81.7) and second (Kaepernick at 81.2) in Total QBR from Week 11, when Kaepernick became a starter, through the postseason. And they're just getting started.
Well-established players such as Adrian Peterson, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers fill out much of the top 10. That's impressive on another level given that so many people have already purchased their jerseys in previous years. Their jerseys are still hot.
The 49ers and Seahawks also rank first and second in jersey sales overall this offseason, according to the piece Darren Rovell published on ESPN.com.